November

24

2020

Waiting is sometimes the hardest part

By Jim Bell, CEO, Siloam Mission ** This column first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press ** You’ve probably heard of the long waiting list to get into addictions treatment programs in Manitoba. People who are desperate for help often have to wait weeks, if not months, to be admitted into a program. But did […]

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November

24

2020

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November

04

2020

Home is a feeling, not just a place

By Jim Bell, CEO, Siloam Mission ** This column first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press ** The small girl at the back of the room raised her hand. “When you say it that way, maybe I’m homeless too.” The room fell silent. When it was still safe to do so, Siloam Mission would often host […]

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November

04

2020

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September

28

2020

Working Toward a New Kind of Normal

By Jim Bell, CEO, Siloam Mission ** This column first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press ** Schools are back in session. Stores are open. Families and friends are enjoying each other’s company. And for many of us, our days are business as usual — with certain inconveniences like wearing a mask. On the surface, […]

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September

28

2020

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July

15

2020

Health is the Real Treasure

By Jim Bell, CEO, Siloam Mission ** This column first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press ** Would you rather be wealthy or healthy? One thing the coronavirus pandemic has made clear is that no earthly treasure can compare to having a clean bill of health. Most people with white collar jobs and sit very […]

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July

15

2020

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June

05

2020

Coronavirus Brings Out the Best in Us

By Jim Bell, CEO, Siloam Mission ** This column first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press ** It’s been almost three months since most of us went into lockdown. Months of anxiously waiting for the daily announcement of new COVID-19 cases. Months of wall-to-wall news coverage about how the coronavirus has disrupted the lives of […]

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June

05

2020

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May

12

2020

‘Caremongering’ in the Midst of a Crisis

By Jim Bell, CEO, Siloam Mission ** This column first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press ** There’s no denying it. Many of us feel anxious and stressed about the coronavirus situation. Even though restrictions are slowly lifting, we know there is a long road ahead, and all of us will need to continue to […]

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May

12

2020

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April

19

2020

Cheers to Volunteers – National Volunteer Week 2020

It is National Volunteer Week 2020, and although we can’t be together right now, we still want to celebrate the commitment and contributions of Siloam’s volunteers. To all of our volunteers, THANK YOU. Volunteers contribute greatly to Siloam’s mission. Last year, between our registered volunteers and community members, 93,939 hours of volunteering were contributed. With […]

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April

19

2020

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April

09

2020

Caring Needs to be Contagious

By Jim Bell, CEO, Siloam Mission ** This column first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press ** How will we keep the homeless safe from a highly contagious virus that’s spreading into almost every community in the world? These days that’s the question ringing in my head from the second I get up to the […]

April

09

2020

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March

17

2020

A Letter to Our Community: COVID-19 Response

By Jim Bell, CEO, Siloam Mission Dear Friend,I hope you and your family are safe. I hope you’re healthy. And I hope it stays that way for you.At this time of great concern for us all, please be assured that you remain in our prayers. I know that everyone’s inboxes are inundated with information about how organizations […]

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March

17

2020

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March

01

2020

Being Homeless is Hard Work

By Jim Bell, CEO, Siloam Mission ** This column first appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press ** There are many assumptions about men and women facing homelessness. Perhaps the most common one is that they are too lazy to work. But what if I told you being homeless is actually a lot of work? Let […]

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March

01

2020

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